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Evil Doctor

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  1. *AHEM* For one thing Hamilton used to be in the NHL. Secondly Hamilton can support an NHL better than either Winnipeg or Quebec put together. So it would be nice if you can put away your anti-Hamilton bigotry for once and all...
  2. Why do I keep picturing Gary Bettman saying.."Quit hitting yourself. Quit hitting yourself. Quit hitting yourself..."?
  3. How do you say "Make it Eight" en francais? Le Make it Eight Make it Huit
  4. No kidding. I love the comments section. I find it amazing that there are actual Coyote fans that think it's actually going to happen... Apparently the little zap of electricity they keep getting for going after that tasty little treat doesn't deter them from reaching for that tasty little treat...
  5. I disagree. On one side they had advisors and the NHL whispering in their ear, "Do it! It won't cost you anything, trust me." and on the other, hardcore fans yelling in their ears to "Save the Coyotes!", many of whom don't even live there! It's easy enough for us to say what they should have done, we don't live in their bubble. At least we see a valuable lesson out of all of this. When dealing with Gary Bettman and the NHL, sleep with one eye open....
  6. No, unfortunately the $20 million they put in this year is gone, untouchable. Only the NHL can access it, but good luck to them getting the remaining $5 million. This is about to get really ugly...
  7. I don't think it's going to happen, even Scruggs is publically stating that she thinks that the NHL is stringing them along...
  8. Isn't going to help them if they have no place to play. And no, Brooklyn isn't the answer, that ship has sailed...
  9. The Isles still need to get a new arena and there appears to be none on the horizon...
  10. The Wolf logo was okay, but the Igloo was one of those brilliant in it's simplicity logos. If the Nords had stayed, there probably would have been an outcry over the change, and within five years they would have gone back to old logos and colours.
  11. Oh hey, to address this. All the way back to when Balsillie got involved, I was skeptical of how this Hamilton/Cambridge/"Southern Ontario" thing would ever work out, because no matter how many people may live in this not-quite-Toronto-but-still-well-populated-Ontario blob, no matter how much money there is in the region, they're still encroaching on one of the biggest sports institutions in North America, and doing so long after sports business, coverage, and media have crystallized into the cultural monolith that it is today. To reprise my food metaphor from the failed Anaheim Royals story of last spring, it does no good to talk about how big "the pie" is in southern California because the Lakers already ate the whole pie. Similarly, it's hard to believe that the serious money in Ontario, which I've gotten the impression tends toward the old and sclerotic, would stop doing business with MLSE, themselves being kind of old and sclerotic, and take their business to an unknown commodity run by a guy who by all accounts is kind of a boor. There's also the impression that most of what you'd be looking at in terms of fan support would probably be along the lines of "well, I've always loved the Leafs, and my family has always loved the Leafs, but I could also sorta get behind Hamilton, when they're not playing the Leafs," and that's with the Leafs being in what might be the worst rut they've ever been in. The whole thing just felt like a spoiled rich kid who got caught in a thunderstorm with his iPod (or Blackberry, as the case may be), so he petulantly demanded that he get a replacement right away to use in the meantime till the old iPod dried back out and worked again. If the Leafs weren't expensively sucking for seven years inside their dead-quiet suit convention, I would find it hard to believe that many people in Hamilton or Guelph or Kitchener or even London would be willing to change their allegiances from The Passion That Unites Us All to some other team. Oh, and the Maple Leafs would hit them up for hundreds of millions in indemnities. Hamilton has zero chance of long-term viability. Markham or "Toronto 2" or whatever, less than zero. Oh puhl-eeez... So many people would drop the Leafs in a heartbeat, they are only supported because the exist and they are the nearest team, not because of any affection for the team or any great love for Toronto. While I agree that Markham would be a failure, that would be more due to the arena unable to pull in other concert revenue away from the competing Air Canada Centre. Seriously every study and everyone's common sense tells you that a team in Hamilton would a top financial team, as long a Copps gets renovated that is....
  12. According to Mr. Labeaume, it's the discovery of "pockets" of very contaminated soil on the starting chosen site, there on the corner of Laurentienne and Hamel, and the strict rules of the Ministry of the Environment who have forced the city to operate near the Hippodrome. So this will be the façade of the new arena. Kinda reminds me of the London Knights' rink, where the façade is the shell of an old building and the rest of the structure looks modern. Pretty cool. See? What a bullet we dodged with the whole Hamilton thing.
  13. And the admiral saves the thread! (Love the title change too...)
  14. Pretty much. Bloc Quebecois retained only four seats in parliament in the 2011 election. NDP! NDP! NDP! I'm actually a great admirer of Jack Layton and was legitimately saddened when I heard of his death. As was I. If I were Canadian and of age, would have definitely voted for Mr. Layton in this past year's elections. My (Canadian) friend and I even "campaigned" for him down here in the States. "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we?ll change the world." It's just a shame he never got a chance to lead the government of Canada. That quote is spectacular. I have a bunch of inspiring and/or beautiful quotes on Post-it notes on my bedroom wall, and that's one of them. Why am I picturing your bedroom looking a bit like this...?
  15. I think it makes sense, after all when one thinks of Arizona, everyone's first thought is hockey...
  16. So much for that. Oh like we didn't know already. Helen Keller knew this would be the outcome, and she's been dead for decades....
  17. Yeah, right. It's been two weeks for the last three years. So converting Arizona time to real time, it means a new owner in about three years....
  18. When the story about Jamieson broke, people (including myself) questioned whether Jamison was ever involved. Looking back through all the stories regarding the former Sharks CEO, everything was non-commital and vague. At no point did he say, or even imply that he was actually trying to buy the Coyotes. While I believe that Glendale council or Phoenix media might confuse the Jami(e)sons, I pretty sure that Roenick would recognize Greg Jamison, which means that Jamison is really trying to pursue the Coyotes. I should note that Roenick is not part of Jamison's group, only that he has been approached and is possibly interested. Which means that Jamison is pretty much scrapping the bottom of the barrel for investors and is still coming up short...
  19. Sure, the weakest franchise that nobody wants to own stays put...
  20. I think the biggest factor in all this is wall of secrecy that had decended around the NHL. The first rule of Gary Bettman's NHL is 'Don't talk about the NHL'. They've become the North Korea of professional sports leagues. If you recall last year, the True North guys were reamed out by Bettman after the news broke that a deal has been made to move the Thrashers to Winnipeg. Coupled with the roasting Hulsizer took for the deal he was concocting last year (and deservedly so), you've got a situation of hockey Omerta. If this league had more transparency, it would have taken all of 20 minutes to clear this up, it might have even saved Jamieson a quarter million + legal fees....
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